Parent Engagement

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January 20, 2021
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DC Action for Children (DC Action), in partnership with National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), seeks to enhance the work of supporting families, centers, and schools by providing parallel tracks of support to parents and teachers to improve overall child well-being, with a specific focus on the helping our youngest children living in low-income families in Ward 7 and 8 to learn, grow and thrive.

Project Goals

Parents play a critical role in their children’s experiences from their earliest years. Our overarching goal is to prepare children for success in school and life by empowering parents with advocacy skills needed to be their strongest advocate.

Building on comprehensive models such as Head Start, where parent engagement and empowerment is equally important to student engagement and teacher quality, DC Action and NBCDI developed a theory of change on the principle that when parents are supported in practicing positive parenting behaviors and have the knowledge, skills and opportunities to participate in the advocacy process, they become empowered to actively engage in changing not only their family, but also their community.

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HyeSook Chung


Felicia DeHaney